About Renee Targos

Renee is a former journalist and editor for national arts and business publications. As a writer for Food for the Hungry, Renee explores and reports on the work and relationships of partners, FH staff and impoverished communities.
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The “Very Real and Desperate Need” for Child Sponsorship

When Cheryl Jewett of Orchard Hill Church of Cedar Falls, Iowa, found out her sponsored child had died, she grieved. She also learned something about the “very real and desperate need” of child sponsorship. Here is her letter to her pastor about her Food for the Hungry (FH) sponsorship experience, which she gave us permission […]

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Kenya: 19,032 Orphans Receive Clean Water

Starting in 2011 during the worst drought Kenya had seen in 60 years, Food for the Hungry (FH) helped 19,032 Kenyan orphans and vulnerable children access clean water and this project continues today. For generations, water supply and sanitation in Kenya has been characterized by low levels of access and quality, especially in urban slums […]

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! As we start 2014, here are some highlights from 2013 to celebrate Food for the Hungry’s (FH) work around the world. Orphans In child-headed households, where both parents have passed away because of the disease, the older child becomes the caretaker. We help children, like Lydia, by connecting her with community members, […]

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Need a Coffee?

  After the holidays, it’s not unusual to take a dip in energy and need a nice cup of coffee to get you going. Coffee is a drink that people on the other side of the world appreciate as much as Americans. In Ethiopia … in the community of Sasiga, coffee is said to be […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Peace

So how do you enjoy peace during this season of parties and shopping? When days blur by and you feel like you’re running behind schedule as Christmas approaches? How about spending some quiet moments between you and the Lord while driving? I call it…drive your way to peace of mind…rather than driving to lose your […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Notes of Encouragement

Encouragement can be given to you in words, an act or even a blog. The resulting affect should help you feel confident, hopeful and more likely to do something you might not otherwise do. For these last 12 days until Christmas, Food for the Hungry (FH) staff will send you notes of encouragement through our […]

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Words of Thanks

This past month, Food for the Hungry (FH) staff submitted words of thanks to FH’s Social Media Specialist Esther Martinez for 30 days of Thanks in November, featured on FH’s Facebook page. People were thankful for a variety of blessings…God’s love, family members, jobs, nature or art. When we take a moment, we realize we […]

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Aileen and her mother Alicia

Typhoon Haiyan Survivor Tells Story of Disaster

 FH is helping by distributing food and water to survivors. Plans are being assessed for continuing support for the people of Basay. Here is Aileen’s account of what happened during the typhoon and what she and her family now face. The day Typhoon Haiyan started was exactly 5:30 a.m. The wind was really strong…even the […]

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Getting Food to Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

Food for the Hungry (FH) continues food distributions this week in the Philippines to provide Typhoon Haiyan survivors with a two-week supply of food per family. Survivors have been desperate for help as destroyed roads and downed communication systems made receiving and calling for aid nearly impossible. But through FH partner churches and staff living […]

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Field Update: Seeking Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

As the first responders in many communities, Food for the Hungry (FH) field staff in the Philippines are finding communities completely destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. In Samar, one of the hardest hit parts of the Philippines, FH staff found one community of 53,000 people “100 percent damaged in terms of agriculture and infrastructure.” Mary Rose […]

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